YOKER ATHLETIC were unable to find the back of the net in a stalemate with Blantyre Victoria at the K G Stadium on Saturday.
The Whe-Ho’s best chances came late on via Ryan Hynes, but the former Queen’s Park striker was unable to hit the target.
Athletic remain in ninth place in the First Division, while Blantyre remain in the relegation zone, seven points behind Steven Reilly’s side.
Reilly made four changes to the side which lost to Clydebank last week, with James Ross, Gary Arbuckle, Mark McManus and Davie Crerand starting in place of Michael Bailey, Reece McGillion, Shaun Kelly and Greg Maitland.
Kerr Allan made a welcome return from injury to be named among the substitutes.
The visitors started the game brightly and could have been in front inside 90 seconds when Crerand’s pass found McManus, but his touch round the keeper took him wide and his effort sailed high and wide.
The Whe-Ho continued to press forward with chances falling to Crerand, Arbuckle and skipper Bissland but they failed to convert their advantage to goals.
As the half progressed Vics came into the game and were unlucky when McMahon’s header from a corner went just past Liam Campbell’s post before Whe-Ho full-back John Harvey blazed a free-kick over the bar.
The final chance of the half came to Yoker midfielder Kurtis Roberts, but he was robbed of possession on the edge of the box. The second half was much the same as the first with large spells of Yoker possession and domination coupled with poor decision making in and around the Vic’s goal.
Reilly introduced Andy Campbell and Kerr Allan from the bench after an hour in place of Crerand and McManus as he looked to shuffle his pack to make the breakthrough.
With Arbuckle now playing higher up the pitch Yoker looked more threatening and chances continued to come, Roberts and Bissland again went close before Hynes saw a one-on-one effort saved with ten minutes remaining.
As the clock ticked on Hynes had two further openings, but the striker’s off-day continued as he squandered both openings.
Reilly will be happy that his side were far better defensively but will feel that it was two points dropped after passing up the chances they did.
This week they face a trip to Hannah Park to face Shotts Bon Accord in a match they’ll be looking to win to kick-start a climb back up the table.
YOKER ATHLETIC: L.Campbell, Rankin (Carson), Harvey, Henry, Ross, Bissland, Arbuckle, Roberts, Hynes, Crerand (A.Campbell), McManus (Allan). Not Used: Wilson, Kelly. PRIMEXT LTD Man of the Match: Richard Henry.